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About James H.

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Chicago, IL

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My main goal is to help aid my students explore their own musical interests in a way that allows them to excel in their overall proficiency and deepen their love of music/piano.

Many of my students ask for a song to play and I pick it out and make an arrangement that will focus on a particular technical issue. In this way I believe Coldplay can be as instructive as Beethoven, depending on the student and his/her interests.

About James
BA, University of Pittsburgh, Music
MA DePaul University, Jazz Performance

I have over 10 years of teaching experience. I loved every one of them. I do consider myself a passionate educator and a patient instructor. I had been blessed to have received masterful instruction from brilliant, warm teachers in my own training and so I do understand firsthand the value in kind and passionate education.

My theory of practice is to build a lesson plan with each student individually. A major goal for me is to present information in a way that can empower the student to identify their own interests. Ultimately we'll get to a place where the student can persue their growth independently.

Music is a very personal journey. To recognize it as such is the first victory.

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Jim is a pianist/instructor who is based in the greater Chicag
oland area. Jim began his professional performing career since he was sixteen when he started playing the city's finest clubs. Jim has performed with seasoned greats such as: Ira Sullivan, Mark Whitfeild, Cladio Roditi, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, Jimmy Owens, Abe Laboriel, Rodger Humphries, Cecil Bridgewater, Yotam Silberstein, Ron Affif, Alexander King, and John Moulder. His debut album "Explosion" is out on Delmark Records features columbia recording artist Frank Catalano and jazz legend Richie Cole . Jim's second album, "Blue Skies," is also on Delmark records and features two legends of jazz Ira Sullivan and Roger Humphries. He  has studied under two Art Blakey Jazz Messenger Alumni: Dr Nathan Davis--who's performed with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Benny Golson; and Dr. Leon Lee Dorsey who was an active member of Lional Hampton's big band for several years, recorded with the likes of Freddie Hubbard and is an active member of Hilton Cruiz's trio. Jim is the recipient of the Pitt-Mellon BNY jazz scholarship for outstanding performance and composition.
As a composer Jim has had quite a volume of original material spanning a wide array of styles performed by musicians such as PSO members (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), and Pittsburgh-based Alia Musica. Jim's expertise spans classical--both old and modern, Jazz--both old and modern, modern popular styles such as rock, hip-hop, funk; and the intersections of these three camps, classical, jazz, and popular styles, which seem to be the direction of the 21st century.

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginning to professional jazz piano, and basic musicianship piano
---beginning Reading and notating music,
---basic Tone recognition and sight singing and ear training
---basic to advanced Technical Facility--this includes right and left hand independence and rhythmic dexterity, fluid technique

*** Specialties ***
basic piano musicianship including: reading and notating music, piano technique and coordination; jazz piano, jazz improvisation for piano or players of any instrument with sufficient technical facility, ear training, piano technique, a wide range of advanced theory, composition, jazz history
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JuliaN September 23, 2011
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Mom of 11 yr old student

James has been friendly, helpful and very knowledgable. My daughter wanted to quit before meeting James. She has some experience but has a ways to go and I think James is just the guy to help her get there!...WITH a smile on her face!
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James H.

Chicago, IL 60626
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$29 / 30-min

About Kristin A.

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Willowbrook, IL

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In piano, we will begin with simple music designed to build strength and dexterity in your hands. We will focus on learning note reading from the beginning, so I must strongly recommend that young children are able to track words, if not already reading. I use the Alfred's basic piano library series, starting at the primer level with very young students. I typically will use the Lesson, Solo, Technic, Theory, and Activity books available at each level to give every student the most comprehensive music education while building their piano playing ability. Additionally, I love to work with each student to meet his or her own personal goals. I cannot wait to meet you and get started!

About Kristin
Let's get you started on your musical path! My name is Kristin, and I cannot wait to begin this journey into music with you. I have been teaching private lessons for nearly a decade, and have taught music and choir in the classroom since 2011. I specialize in working with beginners of all ages.

Music has been my passion for my entire life. From singing to playing in band and everything in between, I ultimately achieved my degree in Music Education. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in the top ten of my class from VanderCook College of Music.
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Kathy June 17, 2019
· Piano · In home
My Granddaughter absolutely loves Kristen. Every week I see improvement. Thanks Kristen.
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Maya P. May 6, 2019
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson!
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Eva April 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
My daughter felt so confident and excited after her first lesson. She has practicing non-stop, simply because she enjoyed it (and Ms. Kristin) so much. I highly recommend this positive, encouraging, and knowledgeable teacher!
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Kristin A.

Willowbrook, IL 60527
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$26 / 30-min

About Dora H.

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Chicago, IL
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Music is my passion and I believe everyone can learn regardless of what level they are in. I'm here to help you advance in your musical journey!

About Dora
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Living room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Piano and voice, musical theater and classical music.
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Amy April 9, 2019
· Piano · In studio
My 7 yr old son loves his lessons. Dora works well with him - very encouraging. I can’t believe how much he learned in the first few lessons!
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Joan April 4, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Dora is great. Patient given I have never played the piano in my 63 years. Was so accommodating when I had to delay my first lesson by a month given a family situation. Fun and dedicated to the piano with the enthusiasm anyone would want in a teach. Must be great with children given I am like a first grader when it comes to piano and I feel affirmed and supported.
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Patricia C. December 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
Dora has extensive knowledge and willing to impart it to me. Dora is very encouraging & friendly. She noted my weak points with lessons to build upon and applauded my progress. I look forward to our upcoming lessons and am anxious to increase my knowledge of the keyboard. So glad I chose her.
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Dora H.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$30 / 30-min

About Bruce C.

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Chicago, IL

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About Bruce
I have degrees in both music and education. I also have 35 years experience in both teaching and performance. My concentrations are guitar, piano, harmonica, and voice. Teaching children and adults is very rewarding to me.

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Our lessons will be geared toward your interest with a healthy dash of Music Theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic, Nylon-String, and Electric Guitars; Amps; Piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars and small amps.
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Alona R. April 27, 2015
· Piano · In home
Bruce is really good with the kids, he is very patient and motivated. My daughter really learned a lot.
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Bruce C.

Chicago, IL 60656
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$25 / 30-min

About Sebastian A.

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Chicago, IL
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My lessons start with warming up with scales, chords, and drills. This will improve accuracy and knowledge of the piano. We then go forward to reading music from either sheet music or a book of choice. Since the lesson is geared specifically for you, we could work on classical pieces, pop songs, originals and everything else in between.

About Sebastian
Playing and learning an instrument is beneficial to ones being because it is a great way to express ones self and it's an excellent stress reliever. It's also an amazing feeling playing an instrument you love to listen to.

Learning any instrument could be daunting at first because there is so much to learn and without any help, could feel overwhelming and hopeless. Do not fret because I am here to assist you!
I have studied many music genres all across the board and have a professional knowledge and comprehension of the theory encompassed behind them. Every lesson is crafted for each student in specific areas they have interest in while being done at the students own pace.

My background history:

I immersed myself in music at a very young age, studying classical piano and theory. In my teenage years I took the initiative to le
arn guitar and began by purchasing my own guitar and books and taught myself to play electrical and classical guitar. I followed my passion and continued my studies at Columbia College and graduated with a bachelors degree in Instrumental Performance.

Post-graduation, I have experienced playing in multiple bands, performing in concerts, teaching piano and guitar ranging in all levels at a music center and private home and enjoying some traveling.

Everything I have learned will be reflected in my lesson methodology and will help you learn to play proficiently in a timely manner. I look forward to meeting new prospective students while having fun teaching them music.
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Skylar A. March 6, 2019
· Piano · In home
1st lesson. Sebastian made my 2 kids very comfortable!
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Amanda K. November 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Wonderful, reliable teacher! Very patient and has a clear and consistent pedagogy. Very highly recommended!
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Domink S. February 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice, patient teacher! I m so happy we started lessons with Sebastian.
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Sebastian A.

Chicago, IL 60622
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$55 / 30-min
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About Ellen F.

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Chicago, IL
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We will use Alfred's Beginning Piano and am willing to do group lessons if the space is provided. The students will work on music theory and accuracy while learning a variety of different songs.

About Ellen
My goals for my students are to help them grow in enjoyment, appreciation and performance of music. I will create a learning plan for each student and help them succeed.

I am a general music teacher in Chicago, I have been teaching for four years and am ready to get back into giving lessons. I have a degree in Music Education and am currently working towards my Masters of Music Education. I spent four years in the Notre Dame Marching Band and have taught piano lessons as well as flute lessons during my time as a college student. I enjoy teaching and hope to spread the love of music to everyone.

I direct an elementary choir as well as an elementary and middle school musical theater program. I vocal coach for a theater in Grand Rapids for two weeks every summer.
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Nate October 28, 2015
· Flute · In home
Great with kids and they like her as well.
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Julie October 28, 2015
· Flute · In home
Miss Ellen is great! She has exceptional technical and artistic knowledge of the flute and piccolo, and works very well with students of all ages and abilities. She wants her students succeed, and makes learning fun! Ellen's experience as a soloist, Symphonic Band and Orchestra member, Marching Band piccolo section leader, and Elementary School teacher makes her a great choice for a private or group instructor.
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Ellen F.

Chicago, IL 60640
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About Vicki P.

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Highland, IN
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We will work together to develop a plan of study that focuses on your goals and includes a list of songs or pieces that you would like to play. The first half of the lesson will consist of basic music instruction, such as note-reading, rhythm-counting, scales, arpeggios, music theory and technique. The second half will consist of working on music of your choosing.

About Vicki
Vicki Pastore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a piano/vocal emphasis and a specialty in the field of piano pedagogy.

Vicki has over thirty five years of performing and teaching experience in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Her experience includes accompanying and directing musical theater productions, choirs, instrumentalists, and vocal soloists in school, church, and community settings.

Vicki especially likes helping students prepare for exams, auditions, and performances. It gives her great joy to watch students perform well, succeed, achieve their goals, and live their dreams.

Mrs. Pastore is comfortable working with students of all ages and levels. She is personable, friendly, upbeat, exciting, positive, and patient. You can tell that she loves teachi
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Isamar Luna January 15, 2019
· Singing · In studio
She is a great teacher.
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Ramona November 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Vicky is so patience truly I enjoyed my first lesson
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Ethan R. August 27, 2018
· Singing · In home
Very good session. Interactive. Motivating teacher.
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Vicki P.

Hammond, IN 46324
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$20 / 40-min

About Eric H.

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Chicago, IL
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It's NEVER too late to start learning piano.

I focus on the fundamentals (technique, sightreading, playing by ear) to prepare all my students to tackle any pieces they want, whether it's classical, pop, jazz, ragtime.

About Eric
I enjoy sharing my love of music by helping others embark on their musical journeys. I am a strong supporter of using a combination of aural training and sightreading to boost musicality and finesse.

In the past 6 years, I have taught students of all ages, ranging from children to seniors. You are never ever too old to learn the piano or the violin. You may not be the next Chopin, but with practice and dedication, you will eventually be able to play the mass majority of piano/violin repertoire.

Strong fundamentals (scales/chords/arpeggios) are important, but I also remember to make music fun and not boring by providing diverse selections of supplemental (pop/ragtime/blues) pieces.
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Samantha April 2, 2019
· Classical Piano · Online
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Ella H. March 17, 2019
· Piano · In studio
My daughter Ella says she has a great piano teacher and She learned a lot from Eric.
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Matt July 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Eric's a fantastic mentor and passionate about all genres of music!
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Eric H.

Chicago, IL 60661
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$29.75 / 31-min

About Kristiana C.

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Glenview, IL
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I have been teaching piano professionally for 6 years, beginner/intermediate students. I have a specific teaching curriculum with an emphasis on proper technique, ear training and performance. Lessons are customized to each student needs and goals. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to read music notes, play basic scales and chords, and play a song from memory. I love working with students of all ages, and I can't wait to meet you!

About Kristiana
Born in Greece and raised in Albania, I started piano lessons with my mother when i was three, and formal lessons at age six at the Epirotic Conservatory of Ioannina, (Greece) with Aspasia Zerva (and with my mother as well). With the support of the Tsakalof Institute, I had my first recital with an orchestra at the age of 12 with the Symphonic Orchestra of Albanian Radio – Television (Kabalevsky Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major, Op. 50). In 2012 I received a Diploma in Piano at the Epirotic Conservatory of Ioannina. I completed my undergraduate studies in Musicology at University of Arts in Tirana, Albania, with Dr. Holta Sina and piano with Prof. Nora Cashku. During these years I taught piano at Tsakalof Institute. I have participated in many activities and competitions in Albania and Greece. Also, I have an interest in foreign languag
es; I speak English, Albanian, Greek, French, Italian and Spanish.
Currently, I am working as Piano teacher at Topher Allan Music since 2016,and a proud teacher of 20 students from Ages 5-45.
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Misa February 17, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Kristiana brings our family the joy of playing and practicing piano. Both my 5 year old daughter and I are her students. Ms. Kristiana knows how to motivate young piano players as well as accommodate and respect and help adult players trying to pick up piano again. As for kids, she is extremely patient, kind, open minded and fun. She made my daughter feel comfortable from the trial lesson and their teacher-student dynamic improves with each lesson.

Starting piano lessons as an elementary school student, I studied for 13 years. Since then, my piano skills have gotten rusty, but Ms. Kristiana has helped me start back up again. She came up with a plan with a practice book and a piece book that I can enjoy, and she also helped me learn the piece I had been longing to learn. Maybe that piece is above my level at this point, but she patiently guided me to go through it and now I am half way to mastering it.

We are glad to have met her and to be under her guidance.
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Luis January 30, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Kristiana is a great teacher! Im taking both of my kids (girl and boy age 7-11) and they doing really good
Lately we had a piano recital and my daughter performed in front of more than 100 people! So proud of her
Thank you Kristiana!
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Kristiana C.

Chicago, IL 60641
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$30 / 30-min

About Lexie L.

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Berwyn, IL

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Greetings! I have 16 years of teaching experience as a faculty member of the fabled Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. I offer lessons in piano, voice, theory, songwriting, and transcription with a specialty in helping artists learn to accompany themselves on an instrument while singing. I am willing to work with anyone on just about anything! Lessons are tailored to fit. Note reading (or an interest in reading) is a plus but not required; traditional notation as well as standard "lead sheet" notation with chord symbols, as desired. I provide a collaborative experience in a safe, friendly, encouraging atmosphere for ages 6 and beyond. Whether you are advanced or a total beginner, every song has a lesson inside.

About Lexie
I stumbled into teaching by accident sixteen years ago and never left! That's the truth. In 1993, I moved to Chicago to pursue a Jazz Studies degree at DePaul, became a student of the late great vocal guru Ed Farran, and began my journey as a working musician. Several jobbing gigs and a handful of TV jingles later, I decided to form a band of my own to showcase the fruits of my passion for songwriting. I was asked to be a temporary substitute teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in 2003, never imagining how transformative my experience there would be, and ended up staying on as a voice & piano faculty member for sixteen years and counting.

It turns out teaching is fulfilling, fun, and infectious.  My style in the classroom is informed largely by the exceptional teachers I've been fortunate enough to work with over the years, but
I believe I have learned the most about music from time spent with my students. Maintaining a collaborative and nurturing enviroment in our lessons is important to me for that reason.

Piano students of all ages can expect a well-rounded approach to learning their instrument in a way that is tailored to the student's personality and learning style. Sometimes we will follow a book, but often we won’t. There will be theory and technique elements to each lesson designed to enhance the student’s understanding of what they’re playing, but the focus will be on the joy of execution. A student’s willingness to learn to read music is immensely helpful but not an absolute requirement.

Voice students will practice a wide range of topics from the physical (healthy singing techniques) to the psychological (vocal inhibition issues) to the artistic (style; finding your own voice). Singers who are interested in taking their skill set a step further can learn how to get around a keyboard, understand key signatures, and write their own transcriptions.

My musical compass is always pointing lessons toward this idea: What can I do to help my students feel empowered and equipped to make music confidently when they go off to college/when they’re 45-years old/ when they’re retired? For more advanced or ambitious students the query goes further: How can I challenge and inspire my students to get the most out of their instrument and their relationship to music in general? My main goal in every lesson is to point the student toward a life-long love of self-propelled music appreciation.
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Lexie L.

Berwyn, IL 60402
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$34 / 30-min

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